Author Devon A. Mihesuah examines how Native diets changed over time. Photograph by Inga Hendrickson.
FIRST RELEASED IN 2005, the revised Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness (University of Nebraska Press) delivers new info on nutrition, gardens, and exercise, along with recipes using dandelion greens, moose meat, and prickly pear cactus. Author Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw) delves into how Native diets changed after contact and must change again to improve health outcomes. Everyone can benefit from her advice (as well as her green chile and turkey posole). Her chapter on frybread, a beloved dietary disaster, will drive even hardcore fans to blue corn and pumpkin seeds for good.